The Garden Grows in Size...and Begins to Give
Holly Hill Daylily Farm in Moncure, NC, and Lakeview Daylily Farm in Garner, NC (photo to left). Quite an outting. We came home with a car-full of new plants, including the following varieties:
- Chicago Firecracker, Enon, Purple Pinwheel, and Buttered Popcorn (from Holly Hill, pictured in the row, right); and,
- Alabama Jubilee, Crown Royale, Edith Ann, Eenie Weenie, Elvis' Cape, Love Those Eyes, Persian Peach, Red Ribbons, Red Volunteer (visible in the row pictured above/left), and Within My Heart (from Lakeview)
Even though we'd had one of our frequently-occuring afternoon thunderstorms (we're having them almost daily), Mr. T thought the ground was OK for tilling. He worked almost until dark and got two new beds dug in front of the veggie gardens before both he and the tiller ran out of gas. Then, we picked up where he left off the next morning...working until the thunder and lightning chased us inside.
By Monday noon, all of the new residents were in their spots...with the exception of one large clump (which will yield 5-7 new plants, easy) of Persian Peaches, which will eventually reside in the to-be-developed flower bed at the top of the driveway, in front of the fence. I may have to hill them into the garden for holding for a few weeks, though, as that bed is a ways down on the To Do list still.
Strange name for a turtle, you say? Not really. When I was at MSCW (now Mississippi University for Women), I pledged a Social Club called Rosettes. They had a club song called Bond Eternal. But, it was sung fast...and loud...and by Southerners who not only dropped their ending "g's" but also the "d" in Bond...and the first time I ever heard it, I asked who was the Bonnie Turtle they were singing about. Guess you had to have been there. Anyway, that haunted me the whole pledge season, when I had to carry a pink and silver (club colors) paper mache turtle around with me...everywhere. And, introduce her. Meet Bonnie Turtle. Ah, college. The best years of your life?
One small problem, however. Several of the bare-root roses we bought at Sam's Club (great price!) are not what they were labeled! We have an Angel Face (lovely lavender, properly labeled) and one labeled as Mr. Lincoln (supposed to be red)...which turned out to be another lavender Angel Face. This beautiful red rose to the right was labeled as Miss All-American Beauty...which is supposed to be a bright pink variety, not ruby-red. Mystery. One of the two John F. Kennedy roses (white) is actually a Pink Peace (thank goodness, as the one labeled Pink Peace did not survive). And, the one that was supposed to be Kordes Perfecta (a pink and white) is actually a long-stemmed red...possibly the elusive Mr. Lincoln? It's a big guessing game.
Guess it's also a comment on gardening in general. You don't always get exactly what you thought you would...but it's always an adventure!